The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is set to send the name of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive CJN, The Punch reports.
According to the law, the President is expected to forward the name of the nominee to the Senate for confirmation following the mandatory retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed.
President Buhari had, on November 10, 2016, inaugurated Onnoghen as acting CJN based on the recommendation of the Federal Judicial Service Commission.
There has been speculations that President Buhari is not ready to send the name of Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation.
If Onnoghen is confirmed, the Cross River born Justice will become the first southerner to head the judiciary in about 30 years. Justice Ayo Gabriel Irikefe, who retired in 1987, was the last southern CJN.